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Generous donation from running club helps local appeal

Runners from Scunthorpe and District running club have donated £700 to The Health Tree Foundation’s (HTF) Maternity Bereavement Suite appeal at Scunthorpe General hospital.

More than 200 members each year take part in a series of events to help raise money for local charities. The events range from time trials to Boxing Day runs.

Every year organisers of the road section of the running club ask members to nominate a local charity of choice for the funds to go to.

The Maternity Bereavement Suite was nominated by running club member Sarah Freear. She said: “I nominated the charity as it’s a great cause. I had a friend who has lost a baby and I know having a separate area would have been a great comfort.” 

Club secretary Rob Kilsby said: “We like to support a local charity every year. Our runners from the road section of the club were very keen to get behind the HTF and their appeal.

“It is great that our runners can get behind such a great cause and raise money to help families in their hour of need.”

The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Brumby Hall sports ground.

Community champion for HTF Hayley Thompson said “We were overwhelmed by the generous donation we received from Scunthorpe and District running club.

“We would like to thank all the members for taking part in the events and choosing the appeal for the donation to go to.”

The Maternity Bereavement Suite appeal needs to raise £150,000.The suite will create a quiet haven for mothers and their families who tragically lose their baby through stillborn or miscarriage. The funds raised will transform two existing rooms into a double bedroom, a family room, a separate toilet room and a shower room, so the family can stay together following their bereavement.

If you would like any information about the appeal, or how you can help fundraise, please contact community champion Hayley Thompson on 03033 305672 or email

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